A bustling new marketplace, Harambe Market, has opened within the Harambe Village of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Harambe Market features four themed shops which offer fresh meals, snacks and beverages like those found in an African street market.
Each quick-service shop window built into colorful store fronts reflects the shop owner’s personality and offers plenty of guest dining options, including:
- Kitamu Grill featuring skewered chicken and a kebab flatbread sandwich.
- Famous Sausages showcasing a corndog made with a South African boerewors sausage dipped in curry-infused corn batter.
- Chef Mwanga’s spice-rubbed Karubi Rib paired with green papaya-carrot slaw.
- Wanjohi Refreshments (wanjohi means “brewer” in Swahili) quenches thirsts with craft draft beers like Safari Amber Lager; six South African wines by the glass, The Starr of Harambe frozen drink with Starr African rum and mango puree in a souvenir mug, red Sangria with Van der Hum tangerine liqueur, and non alcoholic tangerine lemonade or fountain beverages like Sparberry from Zimbabwe.
Boats, trains and travel led to the discovery of exotic spices that were traded and brought from foreign lands. These foods have been tailored for the locals. With the ribs, we have a ras el hanout spice blend, which has about 20 different spices mixed in. The berbere spice is on the chicken skewer and the kebab sandwich. We used madras curry powder in the corndog batter.
-Chef Lenny DeGeorge
According to Walt Disney Imagineering art director, Joan Hartwig,
Walt Disney Imagineering developed the authentic Harambe Market concept during travel and research in Africa. When guests come to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we want them to be excited by the adventure of experiencing different cultures. For Harambe Market, we had the opportunity to travel in east Africa and bring back details that our guests will be able to experience here. So when guests finish their safari, they can come to a real east African marketplace and sit down and enjoy the authentic flavors of Africa.
Harambe Market offers shaded tables for dining, and area shops sell wares from Africa. The marketplace offers direct access to Kilimanjaro Safaris, the Wildlife Express train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and a path to Asia attractions like Expedition Everest.
Harambe Market officially opened on May 23rd and is located just behind the Mombasa Marketplace. Have you been there? What are your thoughts?